Ambati Rayudu announces his retirment from first class cricket. Yes, the Hyderabad Cricketer has announced his retirement from international test cricket and Ranji trophy as well. But he will be available for limited overs both international and domestic as well.
Rayudu recently played West Indies ODI series and he scored 217 runs – including a fifty and a century in the series. He was also in the playing XI for Worldcup 2019. He retired from test cricket only to focus more in white ball cricket that includes ODI and T20.
Rayudu was expected to join the Hyderabad team for the Ranji Trophy season. But on Saturday Nov 03,2018, in a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), he announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
He wrote, “I will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. And, I take this opportunity to thank the BCCI, HCA, Baroda Cricket Association and also Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunities over the years,” in his letter.
Rayudu’s made his debut as a 16-year old during 2001-02 season. His first-class career completed nearly 17 years. He scored 6,151 runs in 97 matches including 16 hundreds at an average of 45.56 and highest score of 210. He moved out from his home team Hyderabad to Andhra and then he also played for Baroda and Vidarbha before returning to Hyderabad team again. The Ranji Trophy match against Assam last year turned out to be his final first-class outing. He made 83 and 52* not out in Hyderabad’s four-wicket win.